In 1924, Ohio State University professor Sidney Pressey invented the “Automatic Teacher”, the first device in electronic learning. The “Automatic Teacher” was designed to let students drill and test themselves. However, this first try wasn’t successful.
In 1954, Harvard professor BF Skinner creates the “Teaching Machine” for use in schools. The teaching machine was a mechanical device whose purpose was to administer a curriculum of programmed instruction.
B.F Skinner. Teaching machine and programmed learning
From B.F. Skinner experimental study of learning come devices which arrange optimal conditions for self-instruction: the Teaching Machines
In 1960, PLATO – Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations – was the first computer-based trainng (CBT) program. Originally, PLATO was built by the University of Illinois and functioned for four decades, offering coursework (elementary–university) to UIUC students, local schools, and other universities.
PLATO Learning System Software
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 3 was entitled "PLATO Software: Driven by a Clear, Compelling Challenge."
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Founder, eLearning Industry
The eLearning Industry runs the following sites:
► The eLearning Industry (http://www.elearningindustry.com) “The Leading Source for Professionals Involved in the eLearning Industry” (November 2012)
► Viva eLearning (http://vivaelearning.com) “Free Video Tutorials for eLearning Professionals” (December 2012)
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► eLearning Jobs (http://elearningjobs.com/) “The Leading Source for eLearning Jobs” (May 2013)
► eLearning Ask (http://elearningask.com/) "An eLearning Questions and eLearning Answers discussions portal" (May 2013)
Currently, the eLearning Industry has a network of more than 75,000 professionals involved in the eLearning Industry.
He is also the Founder and Owner of the Instructional Design and eLearning Professionals’ Group (46K+) (http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=110953), which is the largest online community of professionals involved in the eLearning Industry at LinkedIn.
Christopher holds an MBA, and an M.Ed. (Learning Design) from BGSU and currently works as project manager at http://www.learn-e-pedia.gr S.A. (Antenna Group of Companies), which is the largest interactive learning platform from Greek-speaking students and learners across the Globe.Website: www.elearningindustry.com